The European Union approved on Thursday a new annual extension of unilateral sanctions against individuals and companies in North Korea who supported or attempted to avoid the Pyongyang regime’s nuclear weapons, ballistics and mass destruction programs. restrictive measures.
In this way, the 27 maintain asset freezing and entry veto to a total of 57 individuals and nine organizations in common territory, a sanction regime that the EU has implemented since 2006 in response to Pyongyang’s armament programs and its repeated violation of United Nations resolutions .
The EU stresses that this package of restrictive measures is the strictest that applies to a third country and aims to reinforce the sanctions already imposed by the United Nations, which impose coercive measures against 80 people and 75 organizations.
All in all, the bloc emphasizes that it maintains its “firm belief” that diplomatic efforts must be made to “find peaceful ways to achieve the goal of lasting peace and denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula.